ASHRAE-CommissioningUSA: ASHRAE has produced new guidelines for commissioning providers to ensure optimised operation of their facilities and systems.

ASHRAE Guideline 0.2-2015, Commissioning Process for Existing Building Systems and Assemblies, is said to outline a systematic quality-oriented process that improves the performance and sustainability of existing facilities. This roadmap includes planning, assessing, investigating, implementing, verifying and documenting performance to meet operational requirements.

“Guideline 0.2 provides commissioning providers with the latest tools needed to address the growing market of commissioning existing buildings that require improvements to reduce energy consumption, improve occupant comfort and increase operational efficiency,” said Tom Cappellin, vice chair of the committee that wrote the guideline.

The step-by-step process guides owners and facility managers through the process of ensuring optimum effectiveness from their facility for the lowest investment and provides the tools to ensure those benefits last for the life of the building.

It includes 10 sections explaining steps to apply the existing building commissioning process, as well as 23 informative annexes explaining how the process steps can be organised into a comprehensive set of activities and commissioning documents.

The annexes include flow charts, costs/benefits information, RFQ and team selection information, and guidance on preparing various commissioning reports. Many of the annexes include links to example documents prepared for actual projects.

The cost of ASHRAE Guideline 0.2-2015, Commissioning Processes for Existing System and Assemblies, is $72 ($61, ASHRAE members). Visit the ASHRAE Bookshop